IPL 2018: Twitter shell-shocked by AB de Villiers' stunner

IPL 2018: Twitter shell-shocked by AB de Villiers’ stunner

Only Superman de Villiers could’ve prevented the leather from sailing into the stands.

AB de Villiers catch
AB de Villiers catch. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a witness to some jaw-dropping pieces of fielding in the outfield. The likes of Trent Boult and Sanju Samson pulled off some blinders, which left everyone in utter shock. The tournament is inching towards the playoffs and the intensity is escalating with every passing match.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) weren’t in the greatest of positions prior to their match versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The franchise was desperate to turn over the table-toppers, which didn’t seem to be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination. Virat Kohli lost the toss and the RCB batsmen didn’t get the privilege of chasing on what seemed to be a bowler’s graveyard.

Right from the outset, they threw the kitchen sink at everything and outdrew anyone and everyone who stumbled onto their path. They scored a colossal 218 runs, which seemed like a bridge too far for an SRH team who doesn’t possess the firepower as that of the home team. However, the Orange Army looked determined to trace down the gigantic score by Virat’s men who were oozing confidence.

The sheer brilliance by de Villiers

Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting and the duo took the bowling by the scruff of their necks. Yuzvendra Chahal struck first blood as Hales was bamboozled by the tweaker’s trajectory. Hales, at the other hand, went on his own merry way and smacked the leather with ferocity. However, his knock was cut short by a superhuman act by AB de Villiers.

Moeen Ali dished out a harmless delivery and the Englishman flung with willow with all his might. The ball didn’t quite find the middle of the bat but headed for one direction- over the boundary hoardings at the mid-wicket region. Nevertheless, de Villiers had other ideas in mind. From the blues, he leapt full length up in the air and plucked the ball out of thin air.

The stunner defied the laws of physics and only Superman de Villiers could’ve prevented the leather from sailing into the stands. Even Kohli couldn’t believe the miraculous catch which was pouched by the South African cricketer. Quite expectantly, Twitter couldn’t hold themselves back and hailed the herculean effort by the Proteas superstar.

Here are the fans’ reactions

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